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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,163 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2014 BMW 328 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2014 BMW 328 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 242016


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2014 BMW 328I. The contact stated that while the vehicle gear shifter was placed in the park position, it slipped out of the park position into neutral independently and rolled down a hill and pinned the contact between the vehicle and the bumper of an industrial box truck. The air bags had not deployed. A police report was filed and unknown injuries were sustained that required medical attention. The vehicle was driven to the dealer but the failure was not duplicated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. The VIN was not available.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 022016


  • 23,000 miles
Vehicle has on 4 separate occurrences stalled/failed to accelerate. "drivetrain malfunction" error code is displayed. The vehicle had 11564 miles on the odometer at the first occurrence. The faults were cleared, but because they could not replicate the failure, no action was taken. The second occurrence, 6 months and 9000 miles later, a sensor was replaced, faults cleared, no further action taken. The third time, six weeks later, a fuel quantity control valve was replaced. The car has just been towed for a fourth time. On 3 of the 4 occurrences, the car was on a highway or busy street, at one time traveling in excess of 60 mph. The last time was turning onto a busy highway, narrowly avoiding an accident. The first time was on a downtown city block, stalling in an intersection at low speed.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 102015


  • 10,615 miles
Driving down the freeway and all of the sudden engine gives out and car goes into "limp mode" cruise control was set at 76 mph and suddenly it goes to 60 mph, I almost got rear ended by another vehicle as I had no control over the vehicle power. Vehicle continues to drive but does not go over 60 mph, shudders and shakes the acceleration is very mild to put it lightly. Poses a major safety risk. This is 3rd that that it has happened to this vehicle. This is well documented under BMW 328I (2012 - onwards) forums dealer refuses to do anything.

- Lincolnwood, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 042014

328 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
On interstate 10, during the acceleration, the engine completely lost its power. I had to immediately pull over before I lost the momentum.the ca highway patrol pushed me to a safe place. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the dealer replaced the entire fuel tank. The second incident was almost 20 days after again during the acceleration on freeway at the speed of 70, the engine lost its power in a way that the car did not proceed for a while. The dealer advised that it was nothing wrong with engine because they could not read any error in the system and II had to wait till I receive an error on the lcd. I notified them that it is a serious problem specifically on the freeway because loss of power can cause an accident, but to no avail.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #1

Nov 042013

328 6-cyl

  • 2,200 miles
I was merging onto the interstate and got into the passing lane. I then shifted from 3rd gear to 4th and the car started to shake and lose power (limp home mode). The display said drivetrain malfunction, drive moderately, etc. And the check engine lamp came on. I shifted to 5th gear to see if it would help and had the same low power issue. I then changed two lanes to get onto the shoulder. I turned the car off and waited briefly and restarted the car. The lamps were off and there was no issue. I phoned the dealership and they stated they get this type of call often and it is a 'normal glitch.' I should drive it and see if it happens again as it usually doesn't or I could bring the car in.

- Seymour, IN, USA

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